New Arrivals · Crafts

July 26, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

A very vintage Christmas : holiday collecting, decorating, and celebrating

July 25, 2016
Richter, Bob, 1970- author.
xiii, 209 pages : color illustrations ; 21 cm
Includes index.
Christmas decorating history -- Finding vintage Christmas -- Ornaments -- Lights -- Outdoor décor -- Putting it all together -- No tree? No problem -- Give a vintage gift -- Cards, wrapping, tags, and other ephemera -- Entertaining the vintage way -- Storing and preserving your vintage holiday finds -- A list of the top US flea markets at which to find vintage Christmas items.

Sensational soutache jewelry making : braided jewelry techniques for 15 statement pieces

July 25, 2016
Papp, Csilla, author.
Cincinnati, Ohio : Interweave, [2016]
128 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm
Includes index.
"T5933"--Back cover.
"In Sensational Soutache Jewelry Making, you'll learn the basic techniques of soutache embroidery, and then get creative with 15 easy-to-follow projects for bracelets, earrings, brooches, rings and necklaces. Get inspired by author Csilla Papp's ideas, then use your imagination to put your own twists on projects like the simple but stunning Zima Earrings and Baroque Bracelet, or a challenging statement piece like the India Choker. Color and stone choice combine with elaborate braids to make these pieces distinctly yours."--provided from

Take a ball of string : 16 beautiful projects for your home

July 25, 2016
Schlee, Jemima, author.
127 pages : colour illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.
The kitchen -- The office -- The porch -- The bathroom.
Everyone has at least one long-forgotten ball of string lurking at the back of a drawer. Take a Ball of String shows us how to transform this everyday mundane item into an array of exciting makes. The pleasingly tactile nature of string makes it perfect for creating some crafty treasures. From rustic garden twine to soft cotton braid, these eye-catching projects will inspire you to get knitting, crocheting, coiling and knotting. The 16 projects fall into four main sections: Kitchen, Bathroom, Porch and Study. All the basic techniques and know-how are explained, with clear step-by-step instructions and pictures.

My handmade wedding

July 25, 2016
Mercer, Marrianne, author.
Tunbridge Wells, Kent : Search Press Limited, 2016.
127 pages : color illustrations, 26 cm
Includes index.
Planning your wedding -- The stationery -- The wedding party -- The ceremony -- The reception -- After the honeymoon -- Templates.
Ideal for creative, budget-savvy brides and grooms to be, this practical, friendly guide will help couples plan and personalize their big day. It begins with a chapter on organization: assessing your needs and your budget, selecting a theme and a style and working out what to do when. It then covers every element you might want to consider making, buying or renting, providing money-saving tips throughout.

Duct tape bags : 40 projects for totes, clutches, messenger bags, and bowlers

July 11, 2016
Morgan, Richela Fabian.
New York : Clarkson Potter/Publishers, [2016]
208 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm

Make : easy 1+2+3 projects

July 11, 2016
San Francisco, California : Maker Media, Inc., 2015.
149 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm
Toys and games -- Arts and crafts -- Science and electronics -- Home and outdoors.
69 simple, kid-friendly, fully-illustrated hands-on projects from the pages of Make: magazine.

Colorful wirework jewelry : twist wrap weave

June 24, 2016
St. Jean, Kim, author.
Waukesha, Wisconsin : Kalmbach Books, 2016.
111 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm

DIY string art : 24 designs to create and hang

June 22, 2016
Dresbach, Jesse, author.
Blue Ash, Ohio : Interweave Press, [2016]
127 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.
"16MM02"--Back cover.
"String art is making a comeback with seemingly endless new designs, and author Jesse Dresbach's modern, more flexible approach lets you methodically string away to your heart's content. This book is full of patterns--simple to more intricate designs--that help you quickly get to the fun part of the craft--the stringing! Jesse walks you through his tool room, and even includes tips on cutting and preparing the right size boards. He shares how to structure the nails using paper patterns and details several stringing techniques. DIY String Art includes simple geometrics, nature-inspired motifs worked on tree slices, zodiac signs, and even patterns for negative space string art where you fill in the entire board everywhere but inside the chosen motif. These are cool, urban designs, some with random string work, some with faceted sections and still others with specific string paths to achieve more uniform results, and they look amazing no matter where you hang them."--provided by publisher.

Beginning illumination : learning the ancient art, step by step

June 8, 2016
Travers, Claire, author.
Atglen, PA : Schiffer Publishing Ltd., [2016]
80 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
"Originally published as Initiation Enluminure by Fleures Éditions, Paris ©2006."--Title page verso.
"This photo-filled guide offers you all the information you need to begin the fascinating ancient art of illumination, and then to improve your skills. A short history of the art, including photos of some of the world's great medieval masterpieces, gives you context, and then you're introduced to the materials and basic techniques. First learn the proper ways of preparing your parchment, selecting pigments, gilding, and using color. Next, the five steps of illuminating are clearly taught in detail, step by step. By learning to create friezes, detailed human faces, flourishes, creatures such as dragons and elephants, and much more, you'll discover a skill that has crossed the centuries. Today, illumination can be used to add a special flair to diplomas, invitations, family trees, or a memorable event like a wedding, a birthday, or an anniversary."--provided by

Discover torch enameling : get started with 25 sure-fire projects

June 7, 2016
James, Steven, author.
Waukesha, WI : Kalmbach Books, 2016.
111 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
"67889--Back cover.
zAfter teaching this technique successfully for years, Steven is introducing all-new projects in this book. In a series of 25 small projects (pendants and beads), Steven will explore creating structural metal work (such as hinges) and applying enamel effects such as faux raku. Simple techniques include sawing/cutting/punching; dapping; riveting; lashing; soldering; and enameling. All these techniques are simplified and the only torch needed is a hand-held one that can be used in a home studio.y--provided by

Hubble stitch : instructions & inspiration for this adaptable new lace beadwork technique

June 2, 2016
Miguel, Melanie de, author.
Blue Ash, Ohio : Interweave, an imprint of F+W Media, Inc., [2015]
111 pages : color illustrations ; 21 cm
Originally published as: Let's hubble! : a journey into the brand new beadwork stitch / Melanie de Miguel. [Alcester] : SRA Books UK, 2015.
"16BD06"--Back cover.
"In this book, Melanie presents her beautiful new beadwork technique--Hubble stitch. Whether you are a beginner or an expert beadworker you will easily learn how to Hubble and go on to add this exciting stitch to your arsenal of beading techniques."--provided by

Creating really awesome free things : 100 seriously fun, super-easy projects for kids

June 1, 2016
Dorobek, Jamie, author.
Avon, Massachusetts : Adams Media, [2016]
223 pages : color illustrations ; 21 cm
Includes index.
100 kid-friendly projects from the creator of C.R.A.F.T.!Get ready for some serious family fun! Filled with 100 fun crafts, Creating Really Awesome Free Things helps you develop your child's creativity, imagination, and fine motor skills--all while using common household items. Each budget-friendly project features step-by-step instructions and keeps kids entertained, engaged, and learning all day long. You and your children will love recreating one-of-a-kind crafts like: Memory GameEgg Carton FlowersKey Wind ChimeRing TossLion MaskComplete with photographs for every project, Creating Really Awesome Free Things promotes hours of playtime fun with the entire family!

Block print : everything you need to know for printing with lino blocks, rubber blocks, foam sheets, and stamps

May 17, 2016
Lauren, Andrea, author.
144 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm.
Materials -- Tools -- Rules -- Art foam: Foam tiles :delftware; Simple cut shapes: oranges and lemons; Multicolor printing: palm planter; Stained-glass print: Toucan -- Block prints: One-color block print with a rainbow roll: color variation-rabbit moon; Multicolor interlocking block print: Amsterdam; Spot-color print: feathers; Two-color printing: ukulel; Hand-colored linocut: coral reef; Linocut with chine-collé: sailboat; Transparent ink print: sea horses; Key block linocut with spot colors: robin's nest; Reduction linocut: cat; Multiplate print: retro flower vase; Two-plate print: bird on a branch -- Stamps and combined techniques: Printing in repeat: owl stamps; Premade stamp with carved stamp: trees; Combining foam stamps and carved blocks: abstract -- An international artists' gallery: Mariann Johansen-Ellis; Bridget Farmer; Nick Morley; Hitomi Murakami; Teresa Winchester; Linda Cote; Amy rice; Giuliana Lazzerini; Mike Schultz; Evelyne Mary.
Teaches beginners and experienced artists alike how to create their own printing blocks and patterns, and features artwork from block print artists around the world. Learn to create classic block print patterns for greeting cards, wallpaper, book illustrations and more with Andrea Lauren's easy step-by-step instruction! Artist and Designer Lauren shows you simple techniques for creating your own printing blocks out of art-foam. With no cutting and chiseling, these art-foam blocks can be made into shapes and patterns using only scissors and a pencil. Use these printing blocks, or purchased stamps, to create repeat patterns or bundled groupings to get that classic block print look for wallpaper, book illustrations, framing prints, greeting cards, gift wrap, fabric prints, and so much more!

100 simple paper flowers

May 11, 2016
Elam, Kelsey, author.
New York : Lark, [2016]
192 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 25 cm
Includes index.
The anatomy of a flower -- 100 paper flowers -- Making the flowers -- Templates.
This exquisite collection contains a bouquet of beautifully simple step-by-step projects, complete with templates. Whether you’re looking to make a single perfect rose, a vaseful of daisies for your desk, or something even more elaborate, all it takes is a handful of techniques to create a colorful paper garden.

Start making! : a guide to engaging young people in Maker activities

May 3, 2016
Martin, Danielle, (writer) author.
x, 198 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm.
Includes index.

Hand-printing studio : 15 projects to color your life--a visual guide to printing on almost anything

May 3, 2016
Olmsted, Betsy, 1980-
Lafayette, California : Stash Books, [2016]
111 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
"15 colorful hand-printing projects for your home, with 12 ready-to-use patterns in Betsy Olmsted's thoughtful sophisticated style"--Provided by publisher.

Polymer clay Chinese style : unique home decorating projects that bridge Western crafts and Oriental arts

May 2, 2016
Han, Han, author.
New York, NY : Better Link Press, [2016]
132 pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Chapter one. Getting to know polymer clay -- Chapter two. Preparations -- Chapter three. Introductory lessons -- Chapter four. Advanced lessons.
"Polymer clay can be transformed into a variety of objects, such as birds, animals, plants, and food. Have you ever tried to merge this western craft with Asian culture to explore another type of artistic aesthetics? This book merges Western polymer clay making basics with Asian traditions to create practical, yet beautiful pieces of art for your home."--provided by

So Jane : crafts and recipes for an Austen-inspired life

April 28, 2016
Keith, Hollie.
Layton, Utah : Gibbs Smith, [2014]
143 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm
Breakfast in Bath : Northanger Abbey -- Tea with the Middletons : Sense and Sensibility -- Dinner at the Great House : Persuasion -- Emma's Picnic : Emma -- A Rustic Dinner : Mansfield Park -- Netherfield Ball : Pride and Prejudice -- Reusable Templates.

Your Sharpie style : 75 original Sharpie℗ʼ craft projects to design your home and your life

April 12, 2016
Green, Deborah, 1976- author.
New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2016]
144 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 21 cm
Includes index.

Quick & easy stitched jewelry

April 12, 2016
Jakicic, Cathy, author.
Waukesha, Wisconsin : Kalmbach Books, [2016]
111 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
"20+ projects to make"--Cover.
"Cathy Jakicic captures the untapped market of beginner stitchers. No one has made a book this simple yet creative. The book contains 20 basic stitching projects that result in pretty, fashion-forward jewelry. She very cleverly adds project variations, with instructions that expand the number of projects to 40+. Each variation is very different from the core design. Each design has a stitching element, some flat designs, and some 3D. This book has something for everyone and is a great value."--Publisher's description.

The complete photo guide to cardmaking

April 8, 2016
Watanabe, Judi, 1963- author, photographer.
256 pages : colour illustrations ; 28 cm
Includes index.
Cardmaking basics. Tools ; Materials ; Skills -- Card styles and methods. Photo cards ; Collage ; Decoupage ; Embellishments ; Natural objects and materials ; Ribbons and string ; Mizuhiki ; Masking tape : decorative, fun, and whimsical ; Cutout shapes ; Quilling or paper filigree ; Folded cards ; Origami : the art of paper folding ; Pop-up cards ; Gift or money cards ; Blocks of color ; Window cards ; Parchment craft ; Embossing ; Stamping techniques ; Painted -- Glossary -- Suppliers -- Patterns.
Handmade cards are gifts, creative expressions, keepsakes, and relationship builders. Beneath the cardstock and embellishments is deep emotion from the card maker--encouragement, celebration, commemoration, and love. Unlike many store-bought cards that are thrown away, handmade cards are cherished and displayed. They spark connections, express feelings, evoke laughter, and warm the hearts of friends, relatives, and coworkers. There's joy in the process of creating, as well as in giving and receiving handmade cards. The Complete Photo Guide to Cardmaking is the ultimate resource on card making. All paper-crafting techniques that can be employed for card making are thoroughly covered, including a comprehensive description of paper types available, folding options and techniques, coloring and image transfer methods, and adding embellishments. Inside, you'll also find methods for using a computer to design and print cards. More than 80 projects give you lots of ideas and inspiration to create cards of your own, using the techniques you've learned. Unique envelope templates and a helpful source list are included. Expert paper crafter Judi Watanabe provides you with a one-stop reference for making cards for any occasion. This book includes step-by-step photographed instructions for a wide range of techniques, as well as projects to accompany each area of card making. Full of gorgeous cards, The Complete Photo Guide to Cardmaking explores a wide range of techniques and end products, making it a valuable reference for any crafter. So when the mood strikes, use the artistry you've learned to create personalized greetings for everyone you know!

Bugs, bees, and other buzzy creatures.

April 6, 2016
New York : DK Publishing, 2016.
32 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm.
Includes index.
"Full of fun facts and other activities ; projects to make and do"--Cover.

Wedding papercrafts : add handmade charm to your celebration.

April 6, 2016
121 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Includes index.
Created by top designers, 20 exquisitely unique projects provide a creative outlet for brides during the hustle and bustle of the planning process. Mostly beginner-friendly, these handmade accessories and add charm to any ceremony and reception.

Banners, buntings, garlands & pennants : 40 creative ideas using paper, fabric & more

April 6, 2016
Sheldon, Kathy, 1959- author.
New York : Lark, [2016]
124 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm
Includes index.
"Festive and eye-catching, banners, buntings, garlands, and pennants add visual fun to almost any type of celebration or space. These 40 quick and easy projects -- made of paper, fabric, felt, and more -- make beautiful displays. Use them for special events, for holidays, when entertaining, or even just to spice up a room. A basics section gives beginners a primer on the materials and techniques they need."--provided by

Crafting with Mason Jars and Other Glass Containers : Over 35 Simple and Beautiful Upcycling Projects

March 23, 2016
Van Overbeek, Hester.
London : Ryland, Peters & Small Ltd
128 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
Includes index.
Follow Hester van Overbeek's easy steps to make a fresh flower-decorated tea-light holder for a garden party, store all your grains and pasta in large jars with vibrantly painted lids or why not surprise a friend with the colourful 'birthday in a jar'? There are lots of quick ideas that take no time at all, such as holiday memories in a jar, the table-setting jars or the floral centrepiece that will charm all your guests. Some are elegant, some are homespun, but all make use of natural materials such as wood, shells, flowers and leather - to give an original but sophisticated feel to your home and garden. Once you are confident in making the simpler crafts, there are more intricate projects to try, using basic DIY techniques: make a fabulous drink dispenser, a desk lamp or a rustic vase display by attaching jars to a weathered piece of wood. All the projects have clear step-by-step instructions and hand-drawn illustrations to guide you, so all you need to do is pick the project you want to make first!

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